Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
A Novel

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...this was a novel that made you read it slowly. That slowness was, we agreed, its most extraordinary quality.
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The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel
A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Nearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. In the words of Kirkus, it is a novel "as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering." GILEAD tells the story of America and will break your heart.

 

About Marilynne Robinson

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Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Housekeeping, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Home received the Orange Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Robinson’s nonfiction books include Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City.
 
Published November 15, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Mullan on May 18 2012

...this was a novel that made you read it slowly. That slowness was, we agreed, its most extraordinary quality.

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Above average
Reviewed by John Mullan on May 04 2012

Christian endeavour sanctions Ames's own interest in making a narrative. But more visceral feelings motivate his narration.

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Apr 27 2012

Parataxis is an imitation not just of biblical syntax, but of an honest man's hard thinking.

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